HOW TO: Craft Beer on a Budget

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“Life’s to short to drink cheap beer.”

That’s probably a quote you have seen in your local brewery or on some dude’s shirt at a brewfest, but what is “cheap beer.”

I love cheap beer. I mean who wouldn’t love a bottle or pint of suds for a few bucks?

Ahh, but you think if you drink cheap beer you have to sacrifice the taste, don’t you?

Craft beer can be cheap. Let that sink in.


It seems that high price tags are a reason that a lot of people don’t want to start drinking craft beer. Some beer can sell for $8 a glass but if you follow my lead I can have you drinking great beer for “cheap beer” prices.

No matter where you live you can find a bar in your area that is pouring out great deals.

Midtown Tavern has craft beer specials almost every night.

The first time I went there they had $2 Troegs Perpetual IPA pints. I thought it was a misprint because I couldn’t remember the last time, other than in college, that I had seen any beer for that price let alone probably my favorite beer.

Here’s the full line-up of craft beer specials at The Midtown Tavern:

  • Monday: $2 Sam Adams seasonal pints
  • Wednesday: $2 Troeg’s PIPA pints
  • Thursday: $2.50 Abita grapefruit IPA bottles
  • Friday: $2 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale pints
  • Saturday: $3 Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ bottles.

Midtown also has great wing specials and other food specials during those days. All great beers for great prices.

Troegs Tuesdays at Al’s of Hampden used to be a tradition in our family, and it is one of the best deals around the area.

Troegs year-round and seasonal pints are only $3 and growler fills are $6 for one liter and $9 for two liters.

This special was discontinued for a few months but has since made its glorious return. Even though it is already very popular, I still find locals who have never heard of it.

Breweries aren’t usually known for running happy hours, but Lancaster Brewing Company on Eisenhower Boulevard is one of the few that does.

LBC's Hop Buggy Amish Four Grain Ale
LBC’s Hop Buggy Amish Four Grain Ale

LBC’s happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. and features imperial pints (20 oz.) for only $3.25.

Also, each day during the week features a food special as. I highly suggest going on Monday nights for their $5 cheeseburger and fries.

Heaven comes to Anthony’s Micro Pub every weekday from 4-6 p.m. in the form of half-priced craft drafts and a free pizza buffet on Fridays.

With more than 50 different taps you will be sure to find a brew that is right up your alley after a long day at work.

Brewhouse Grille is another great local beer bar that offers up daily craft beer deals. And now that the weather is getting nicer their deck is the perfect place to drink some craft beer staples.

Here’s the line-up.

  • Tuesday: $3 Victory pints
  • Wednesday: $3 Bell’s Two Hearted pints
  • Friday: $3 Troegs pints
  • Saturday: $3 Evolution pints

These are all steals considering some of these can be the most expensive pints at any other bar.

The Millworks in Midtown is a newcomer to the community and have gotten on the cheap craft beer trend right away.

While they have specials on their pizzas and craft cocktails, they also have an extensive Pennsylvania-only beer list that includes $2.50 drafts from 4-6 p.m.

This is not a complete list by any means but it goes to show that craft beer doesn’t always have to come with a hefty price tag and cheap beer doesn’t have to be tasteless.

Don’t leave me hanging either. I’ve scratched your back and given you a few places to check out, so if you have any other places to get cheap craft beer let me know.

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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